TV Guide 365: 1964-1965 explores the 1964-1965 television season through listings published in TV Guide. Each day I’ll post listings for the corresponding day from the 1964-1965 season, with complete cast and guest cast details for obscure, short-lived shows.
Saturday, September 19th, 1964
7:30 LUCY-DESI–Comedy (CBS)
“Lucy Wants a Career.” Lucy, bored with being a homebody, gets a job as “girl Friday” for a TV show starring actor Paul Douglas. Her shenanigans infuriate Douglas, but the sponsors are impressed. (60 min.)
Last show of the summer. Jackie Gleason returns in this time slot next week.
[DEBUT] [COLOR] A dauntless dolphin–almost an aquatic Lassie–has the title role in this half-hour adventure series. The human stars are Brian Kelly as widower Porter Ricks, a marine preserve ranger in the Florida Keys; and Luke Halpin (as Sandy) and Tommy Norden (as Bud), his two sons. Tonight: “300 Feet Below.” Having been attacked by sharks on the open sea, Dr. Bill Darmon radios Porter for help.
OUTER LIMITS (ABC)
The series orbits into its second season with “Soldier.” A soldier of the future, trained only to kill, finds himself suddenly transported into the past … his past, but our present. (60 min.)
8:00 MR. MAGOO–Cartoons (NBC)
[DEBUT] [COLOR] The myopic Mr. Magoo bumbles onto the TV screen in this half-hour animated series that presents a different legendary tale each week. Magoo (voice by Jim Backus) acts as host and often portrays the story’s hero. Tonight: “William Tell,” with Magoo as the legendary William.
8:30 DEFENDERS–Drama (CBS)
“A Man Against Himself.” If convicted, Danny Ross feaces 15 years imprisonment on a manslaughter charge for accidentally killing a man in a street brawl. And Danny insists on handling his own defense. Script: Raphael Hayes.. Preston: E.G. Marshall. Ken: Robert Reed. (60 min.)
Danny Ross …………… Ivan Dixon
Janet Lamb …………… Ellen Holly
Dr. Leonard ………….. Michael Shilo
DA ………………….. J. D. Cannon
Judge ……………….. Marc Connelly
“Gilligan’s Island”–a comedy series starring bob Denver, Alan Hale and Jim Backus–debuts in the 8:30-9 P.M. time spot next week, followed by the premiere of “Mr. Broadway” from 9-10 P.M. “Defenders” begins its new season this coming Thursday in the 10-11 P.M. time spot.
KENTUCKY JONES–Drama (NBC)
[DEBUT] After nine years as “Gunsmoke’s” Chester, Dennis Weaver walks tall (and without a limp) as Kentucky Jones, a veterinarian and former horse trainer. Ricky Der is Dwight Eisenhower Wong, Kentucky’s 10-year-old Chinese ward,. and Harry Morgan plays his side-kick, Seldom Jackson. Tonight: Recently widowed Kentucky gets the news that the orphan he and his late wife had planned to adopt is waiting at the airport.
Mabel Healey ……………. Diane Brewster
Doris Caine …………….. Marlyn Mason
LAWRENCE WELK–Music (ABC)
Lawrence launches his 10th year on TV. Scheduled musical highlights include “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter,” “Top Hat, White Tie and Tails,” “Sugar Blues” and “Faith Unlocks the Door.” (Live; 60 min.)
9:00 MOVIE (NBC)
[COLOR] Saturday Night at the Movies: “The Mating Game.” (1959) The future of the wacky Larkin family is threatened when the outraged Internal Revenue Service discovers that they’ve never paid any income taxes. (Two hours)
9:30PM SUMMER PLAYHOUSE (CBS)
“The Human Comedy.” After he death of his father, young Homer Macawley, is “man of the house.” His first bread-winning scheme is to start a delivery service with his younger brother Ulysses. Based on the novel by William Saroyan.
Homer Macauley ……………. Timothy Rooney
Grogan …………………… Arthur O’Connell
Mrs. Macauley …………….. Phyllis Avery
Ulysses ………………….. Jimmy Honer
Mrs. Winkler ……………… Minerva Urecal
Last show of the series.
HOLLYWOOD PALACE–Variety (ABC)
Debbie Reynolds is the hostess for the new season’s curtain-raiser. She introduces pianist Liberace, comedian Buddy Hackett, comic-impressionist Rich Little, jazz saxophonist Stan Getz, vocalist Astrud Gilberto, nine U.S. Olympic gymnasts and the 44-member Arirang Korean ballet troupe. Mitchell Ayres conducts the orchestra. (60 min.)
Festus Hagen’s cousin Mayblossom comes to Dodge to search for a husband, and Festus appears to be the leading candidate. Mayblossom says that they are destined to wed because of a pact their daddies made long ago.
TV Guide, September 19, 1964 (Volume 12, Number 38, Issue #599) [Western New England Edition]